Global chip market up 20% year-on-year in first quarter

May 01, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Global chip market up 20% year-on-year in first quarter
China's chip market strengthened in the first quarter while other regions showed softening year-on-year growth, but the global market was still up 20 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reporting figures compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.

In March the global chip market recorded its twentieth consecutive month of year-on-year growth with a three-month average sales figure of $37.02 billion. Being the average of January, February and March sales this figure is also an indicator of the actual quarterly sales of $111.06 billion.

The three-month average sales In March increased across all regions: the Americas (35.7 percent), Europe (20.6 percent), China (18.8 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (13.3 percent), and Japan (12.4 percent).

Three-month average of sales for March and February 2018. Source: SIA/WSTS.

Monthly data is given by the SIA and other bodies as a three-month average, with the exception of year-to-date figures, although the WSTS organization tracks actual monthly data. The ESIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it evens out the actual data that typically shows troughs at the beginnings of quarters and peaks at the ends of quarters.

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